This Week In Sales: Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment Begins Its Quest


Period: The week of April 21st – April 27th (2014)

Top-seller: Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment (PSV) – 145,029

Nintendo 3DS sales: 6,073 | Total sales: 9,476,207

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 27,914 | Total sales: 5,987,389

PlayStation Vita sales: 22,394 | Total sales: 2,741,989

Vita TV sales: 1,548 | 107,942

Wii U sales: 5,710 | Total sales: 1,714,122

PlayStation 4 sales: 12,712 | 546,881

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Last week saw the release of Bandai Namco’s Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment for the PS Vita. The game, which was the best-selling new release for the week, sold 145,029 copies in its first week, slightly outdoing the launch sales of its predecessor, Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment.


Infinity Moment was released on PSP in 2013, and sold 138,180 copies in its first week.


At the #2 spot was Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call for the Nintendo 3DS. The game, which is an updated version of the original Theatrhythm, sold 80,523 copies in its first week. Owing to a Nintendo 3DS XL bundle, Curtain Call boosted sales of the 3DS XL model for the week.


At #3 was Yo-kai Watch, with another 43,136 copies sold. The game has sold 800,000 copies in Japan thus far, and it should be interesting to see how just many of these users opt to buy Yo-kai Watch 2 at launch, when the game releases in July.


From there on, however, the state of software sales was rather poor. Everything below the #5 spot sold less than 12,000 copies, and that includes other new releases for the week, such as Nippon Ichi’s I Thought it’d be Harem Paradise but it Turned Out Yandere Hell. That game sold 4,000 copies.


Meanwhile, it looks like NES Remix—both 1 and 2—got a retail release together in Japan. NES Remix 1+2 sold 11,079 copies during the week.


The top-20 software sales chart for last week is as follows:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment 145,029 New PSV Bandai Namco
New 02. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call 80,523 New 3DS Square Enix
01. 03. Yo-kai Watch 43,136 798,046 3DS Level 5
05. 04. Mario Party: Island Tour 15,654 320,489 3DS Nintendo
04. 05. The 3rd Super Robot Taisen Z 12,240 186,396 PS3 Bandai Namco
New 06. NES Remix 1+2 11,079 New WiiU Nintendo
New 07. BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma 10,709 New PSV Arc System Works
06. 08. The 3rd Super Robot Taisen Z 8,678 154,669 PSV Bandai Namco
04. 09. Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection 6,473 33,398 3DS Capcom
10. 10. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes 6,444 204,498 PS3 Konami
13. 11. Kirby Triple Deluxe 6,326 559,903 3DS Nintendo
14. 12. Pokémon X and Y 6,001 4,040,630 3DS Pokémon Co.
07. 13. Style Savvy: Trendsetters – Tokimeki UP! 5,926 18,241 3DS Nintendo
11. 14. Samurai Warriors 4 5,392 218,011 PS3 Tecmo Koei
03. 15. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn 4,858 36,185 PS4 Square Enix
New 16. Monster Hunter Frontier GG Premium Package 4,689 New PS3 Capcom
New 17. Maple Story: Unmei no Shoujo 4,203 New 3DS Nexon
New 18. I Thought it’d be Harem Paradise but it Turned Out Yandere Hell 4,101 New PS3 Nippon Ichi
New 19. Muv-Luv Photon flowers 4,090 New PS3 5pb.
17. 20. Just Dance Wii U 4,000 33,934 WiiU Nintendo


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.


Note: Next week’s sales column will be posted a day later than usual (May 8th), due to Japan’s Golden Week holiday.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.